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What is SWIMBiES?

SWIMBiES is our new exciting Baby and Toddler swimming lesson programme at BETTER. Our baby swimming lessons centre around a child-focused approach, offering a syllabus of fun in the water for confidence that lasts a lifetime. 

As a parent, grandparent or guardians you join your little ones in the pool to share first splashes, laughs and fun, with time to share those little moments, as your child develops in the water. It's a fun, safe and calm environment, led by trained and qualified SWIMBiES Teachers who will be with you and your little one every step of the way.

Our SWIMBiES programme takes babies from three months old to age three, preparing them for the next stage of their swimming journey and a lifetime of fun in the water.

Why baby swimming?

Babies have a natural affinity with the water. That's why we develop classes which offer a fun and safe environment for them and you to experience swimming together. Lessons focus on building water confidence for both baby and adult. Swimming will help you bond with baby while exercising gently in the water and improve coordination, develop muscle strength and motor skills from an early age. 

Everything from the changing facilities and pool temperature to teacher training is designed to create a safe and calm environment to learn and have fun, alongside: 

  • Confidence building
  • Safety exercises
  • Bonding time
  • Games and songs
Baby swimming

Our programme and classes

To us, a child's emotional development is just as important as their physical development in the water. This is why our SWIMBiES programme features plenty of bonding time as well as developing 8 Essential Baby & Toddler swimming skills:

Swimming confidence

Our classes

Find out which classes are suitable for your little ones and book with us today. 

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Entry at three months to cruising (approx. 12-18 months). Dippers sessions give you time to bond while we teach your child the basics. 


Entry after completing Dippers or children walking (approx. 12 to 18 months) to two years. Following on from Dippers, Splashers sessions are a great way to grow their water confidence with you right beside them. 


Entry after completing Paddlers or children aged three to four years old. Moving on from Splashers, Paddlers sessions build on the fundamentals and prepares them for swimming independently.

For more information and to find answers to all your questions such as what to bring and tips for the lessons, go to our FAQs.

Fun in the water one milestone at a time

Parents with babies at swimbies lessons

Our expertise

As the UK's largest swimming lesson provider, we want everyone to love the water and continuously develop our programme to include the latest techniques to help build confidence and life skills in the water. 

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Mum and baby swimming

Baby-friendly swimming pools

Our lessons are taught in selected pools up and down the UK with limited class sizes. We identify your child's ability and adapt our swimming programmes to suit your needs, nurture confidence and encourage fun in the water. 

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